Health

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal infection can lead to a wide range of serious disease conditions including: in the lungs (pneumonia), in covering of the brain (meningitis) and / or blood (septicaemia).

Vaccination with 23vPPV (Pneumococcal vaccine) reduces the risk of Pneumococcal disease. 

We have recently reviewed our database for records of previous Pneumococcal vaccination for eligible patients and our health records software has identified a number of our patients as not having had a Pneumococcal vaccination (23vPPV) in the past.

We are contacting these members to offer them a pneumococcal vaccine.

Please note that there is a 23vPPV Pneumococcal vaccination program funded by the government for certain defined groups of individuals including:

  • People 65 years and older

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 15 – 49yrs (medically at risk)

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 50years and older

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the government funded vaccine, this vaccine will be at no cost to you.

If you have had a previous Pneumococcal vaccination since you became eligible (criteria outlined above), please discuss with your GP or any of our nurses so your records can be updated.

Vaccinations will be administered at an appointment.

For more information:

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-pneumococcal

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/nips

http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/older-australians